Valerie Krause

„Alle meine Dinge“, 2008
aluminium, concrete, wood and finish, 245x345x130cm

Foreign Body Ensemble

We humans don’t have much at our disposal to come into balance. What dominates is fragility, deviation from course, and absence where we should be present. Edges are rarely straight and never run the way we anticipated. Your stilts and keels, overturned things and isolated forms confront us with the instability and brittleness of our existence; they shake, tremble and lurch our helplessly habitual self-perception. Loneliness and the awareness of dishevelled order. Your sculptures slip by our attempts to take them in with a fast and easy interpretation; but at the same time -- through their simplicity, precision and meticulous structure -- they point to the intellectually comprehensible. This tension opens up a space of the desire for clarity, in which no promises are made but all hope is in motion. Accordingly, the dominating colours and their application are blue glaze, grey, white and slightly glistening metal surfaces, which deny a distinct refection. You do not have to wrest this desire from the materials; through your tender treatment of the aluminium, concrete and wood, they seem to articulate the wish for boundless perfection on their own. But your sculptures do not content themselves with opening the space of desire; they enter into it to work on the understanding of purifying structures. With this aim they renegotiate sculpture’s classic question: weight, edition, the power to maintain balance, the relation of inner- and outer dimensions and so on...

Dr. Alexander Wiehart


1976 Born
1996-99 Apprenticeship in stonemasonry, Fritz Meyer, Düsseldorf
2001-07 Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Prof. Didier Vermeiren; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Prof. Richard Deacon


2008 Audi Art Award for New Talents, Art Cologne; Working grant EHF, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
2007 Working grant, Kunststiftung NRW; Artists exchange program „Passagen”, Düsseldorf – Toulouse, France
2006 Travel grant, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Kunst- und Kulturstiftung der Stadtsparkasse Düsseldorf
2004 Travel grant (Frankreichstipendium), Deutsch-Französisches Jugendwerk

Public Collections

Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Solo Exhibitions (Selection)

2008 Galerie K4, München; Kulturfabrik Krefeld; Förderkoje, Art Cologne, Galerie Holtmann, Köln; Galerie Holtmann, Köln; „hier und da”, bbb - centre régional d’initiatives art contemporain, Toulouse, France
2006 „Ein fester Traum”, Vitrine Malkasten, Düsseldorf

Group Exhibitions (Selection)

2008 Stipendiatenausstellung, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Berlin; Galerie Mike Karstens, Münster
2007 „nulleins”, galerie doppelverglasung, grünauer & kossack, Krefeld; „Raumobjekte Teil VII”, Kunstverein Gelsenkirchen; „Fernmelder”, Deutsches Haus, NY University, New York, USA
2006 „Flaneurs auf Beton”, Institut Francais, Düsseldorf
2003 „Real Presence 3”, Museum of 25th May, Belgrade, Serbia

Participants 2008 A-Z